Workers unload bananas in New Orleans. Bananas Foster, one of New Orleans' favorite desserts, is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, which spawned banana republics. Arnold Genthe/Library of Congress hide caption

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One of the banana plants in the collection at the USDA's Tropical Agriculture Research Station in Puerto Rico. It's just one of many banana collections around the world that might just hold the key to stopping a fungus's deadly reach. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Our Favorite Banana May Be Doomed; Can New Varieties Replace It?

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A Costa Rican banana worker carries a stalk of freshly harvested fruit on a plantation in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas that Americans eat are grown. Kent Gilbert/AP hide caption

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Global Love Of Bananas May Be Hurting Costa Rica's Crocodiles

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A woman sells bananas at the Kampala Airport. Ugandans eat about a pound of the fruit, on average, per day. Ronald Kabuubi/AP hide caption

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